Ugandan journalist’s damning account of UAE media censorship

first_img The Emirati English-language newspaper The National fired Ugandan journalist Yasin Kakande for writing an autobiographical novel describing the conditions of migrant workers and media censorship in the United Arab Emirates.Kakande had worked for The National for six years when he was fired in April, a few months after the publication of his book “The Ambitious Struggle: An African Journalist’s Journey of Hope and Identity in a Land of Migrants.”Contacted by Reporters Without Borders in late April, Kakande said The National’s new editor in chief, Mohamed Al-Otaiba, told him on 1 April he had committed two offences by publishing the book – failing to obtain the management’s permission and not showing his employer in the most favourable light.He was dismissed with immediate effect, without any notice, he was forbidden to return to the newspaper’s offices and he was given one month to leave the country. As for his book, it seems to be on the list of publications that are banned in the UAE.The newspaper’s management refused to comment when contacted by Reporters Without Borders yesterday.Kakande’s book, which Reporters Without Borders has read, describes the human trafficking, exploitation, abuses, racism and wage discrimination that migrant workers suffer in the UAE.“As journalists, we should not leave the poor immigrant workers on their own to fight the struggle for their rights,” he says. “How many stories that would have communicated the plight of workers have we decided instead to report in small story briefs or even to trash completely because we feared enraging those in authority and getting fired?”The section of the book entitled “Reporting from Dubai” describes the censorship and self-censorship prevailing in the UAE’s media and how their executives are in practice an integral part of the government’s censorship system. In Chapter 35, page 141, he writes: “All the PR who worked for companies owned by the ruling families thought they were the sheikhs’ de facto censorship arm.” Describing the media as “co-opted” on page 145, he shows that journalism is not easy in a country where secrets must not be exposed and certain subjects must be avoided.Kakande recounts Mohiudin Bin Hendi’s first measures on taking over at the head of City 7 TV in May 2007. “He announced a ban on covering all political stories, saying that he never wanted to clash with the country’s leadership. He was instructing us with immediate effect to put an end to police, court, or other politically related stories”.He also describes how certain journalists are blacklisted by the “PR people,” meaning politicians’ spokesmen or public relations representatives, and cites the example of his article “Buhairah Corniche Road: from bad to worse” about the negative impact of the Al-Majaz urban development project on traffic on the road to Sharjah (one of the UAE’s emirates), as a result of which he was subjected to a great deal of pressure. According to Kakande: “The existing law continues to feed the cancer of journalistic censorship in the UAE, which intimidates many professional journalists wary about what would happen should they dare challenge the government’s strict scrutiny.” Recalling the Federal National Council’s desire in 2009 to reform the press and publication legislation, which dates back to 1980, he cites Human Rights Watch’s criticism of the proposed reform, which included provisions to criminalize insulting the royal family and government officials. He stresses the importance of social networks in the absence of media independence and refers to the arrests of Emirati citizens under the cyber-crime law, something the local media have ignored.“Everything indicates that Yasin Kakande was punished for these embarrassing revelations, which clearly have no place in the Emirati media,” Reporters Without Borders said.Any sign of support for the Muslim Brotherhood or Al Islah, its Emirati affiliate, is severely punished in the UAE, which is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Long jail terms were passed on two netizens who tweeted about the trial of 94 Emiratis accused of Al Islah membership. Only handpicked local journalists were allowed to cover the trial and international observers and journalists were barred from the courtroom.The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and anti-cybercrime units coordinate efforts to monitor and censor the Internet. In late 2012, a cybercrime law reinforced the repressive arsenal available to the government, which has full control over the compliant justice system. April 28, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United Arab Emirates June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en June 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ugandan journalist’s damning account of UAE media censorship RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance to go furthercenter_img United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation News RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh says no one would call him gay if he was a thug

first_imgChris Bosh (Ap Photo/File)Miami Heat center Chris Bosh claims that people would not question his sexuality if he was more a gutter hood rat than a clean cut b-baller that he is now.“That’s the venom. For a while, they were questioning my sexuality. They still do. They were questioning my sexuality, questioning my game. And I’m like, ‘Why are they all messing with me?’ I didn’t do anything to anybody. I didn’t do nothing. I just came here to play basketball. And they’re like, ‘Oh, he’s not a real superstar.’ I never cared about being a superstar.”Bosh says people wouldn’t question his sexuality if he acting like a macho thug:“What am I supposed to do? You want me to have cornrows and tats on my neck and just punch somebody in the face when they score on me? It’s crazy. It’s impossible. I can’t do that and play. That’s never been who I am.”What do you think about how Bosh has chosen to defend himself against charges of homosexuality?last_img read more

Lacey’s Alternate Day Watering Schedule Begins June 1

first_imgFacebook95Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyLacey water customers will follow an alternate day watering schedule for their yards and outdoor landscapes beginning Sunday, June 1, 2014. Alternate day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers during the months of June, July, August, and September.The Lacey City Council approved the watering policy in 2006 as an effort to reduce peak water demand during the summer. Lacey’s water usage has exceeded 16 million gallons per day during summer months compared with only five million gallons per day in the winter.Water customers with addresses ending with an odd number (i.e., 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) may water Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. Addresses ending with an even number (i.e., 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8) may water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Friday is a non-watering day for all Lacey water customers.Scheduled watering applies to turf (grass), annual and perennial ornamental flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, and any other landscaping plant material that is regularly maintained outside of a residence or commercial building. Lacey water customers failing to follow the alternate day watering schedule will receive a warning, with further action taken if necessary. Water used for other purposes such as pools, pressure washing, outdoor potted plants, hanging baskets, and plants inside greenhouses are not currently restricted by this policy.The water policy does allow limited exemptions. For example, newly seeded lawns and landscape, and publicly-owned facilities with active playfields may be watered more frequently. To obtain an exemption under the alternate day watering schedule, customers must contact Lacey Water Resources.Reminder magnets for the alternate day watering schedule are available at City Hall Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Magnets will also be available at Lacey Community Market’s Yard and Garden Day on Saturday, July 12 at the Lacey Water Resources table.For more information regarding the alternate day watering policy, please contact Lacey Water Resources at (360) 438-2687, or by email at [email protected] Information is also available on the city’s website at read more

IPL 2020 set to have COVID replacements and the use of Chinese sponsors

first_imgAdvertisement 9i5ieNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7xg8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eriu7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wmkWould you ever consider trying this?😱3imCan your students do this? 🌚b9w8Roller skating! Powered by Firework The IPL Governing Body converged to determine various aspects to ensure the staging of the thirteenth edition of the tournament. A total of 10 points were set in place to be discussed before the meeting and the authorities have made a decision in regard to those. Advertisement The virtual meeting brought out the dates of the competition. After much deliberation on the date of the finale, the fixture will be played on November 10. The tournament is slated to start from September 19.Keeping the current volatile health situation in mind, the body approved the use of unlimited COVID replacements over the course of the tournament. The initial squad size of all of the eight franchises are penned down to 24 members.Advertisement Regarding the sponsorship debacle, the governing body has decided to retain of all its existing sponsors including their main sponsor, Chinese mobile company VIVO.Advertisement An IPL Governing Body member, who chose not to be revealed, claimed that “All I can say is that all our sponsors are with us. Hopefully, you can read between the lines,” Chinese sponsorship soon overtook the heart of the matter after unprecedented clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh in June.The body opted to go on board with the sponsors they have at present since finding a new sponsor in such short notice would have been a difficult proposition. On top of that, during a time in which companies are taking a hit, investment is not the first thing on the mind.“We expect the Home and External Affairs Ministry to give us necessary approvals within another week. The final will be played on November 10 as it enters the Diwali week making it lucrative for the broadcasters,”Governing Council have a careful eye on IPL’s SafetyThe body is also said to be preparing a carefully curated Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) when it comes to safety measures. The authorities are ensuring every step to minimize the outbreak with the creation of a bio-bubble across the venues.“Also, the BCCI has received presentations from a Dubai based group on creating a medical facility in UAE. The BCCI is also in talks with the Tata group for creating a bio-bubble,”The tournament will see ten doubleheaders across the 2 months where the timings have been tweaked a little from the usual. Matches are expected to flag off from 7:30 PM IST instead of 8:00 PM IST.Apart from the above points, the meeting also gave a green light to the women’s IPL. If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comWhat to expect from the IPL GC’s monumental meet   Advertisementlast_img read more

So much to see and do at amazing Fort Dunree this summer

first_imgFort Dunree has it all – history, wildlife, walks, water sports and the most scenic coffee shop in Ireland!If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a spectacular day in Donegal, put Fort Dunree on your list.Fort Dunree is located about seven miles north of Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. The site is situated along the shores of Lough Swilly commanding a majestic view of the Lough and its shorelines. Near to the spot where Wolfe Tone was brought ashore in 1798, a small fort was erected to guard against the possible return of a French invasion fleet. In the late 19th Century the fort was modernised and enlarged with the building of the “Top Fort” on Dunree Hill. During World War I it stood guard whilst Admiral Lord Jellicoe’s Fleet anchored in Lough Swilly prior to engaging the German Navy at the Battle of Jutland. Control of the Fort was transferred to the Irish Free State just before World War II. Fort Dunree, InishowenThe Fort Dunree heritage museum complex was originally opened to the public in 1986, and has provided interest for the tourists of all ages ever since. It has also been a source of great pleasure and reminiscence for those of a military background, whether having served at the post or just been involved in its military history.In its natural spectacular setting, Fort Dunree is rich in wildlife, some of it unique to the area. This is explained by a beautiful wildlife exhibition with sea life and birdlife displays. A Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way, Fort Dunree houses a Military Museum, Wildlife Discovery Room and a network of walkways that are a must for any visitor to the Inishowen Peninsula. In recent years Pier facilities have been developed on site so that Kayaking, Snorkelling and Coasteering can now be booked in association with Inish Adventures.  Fort Dunree, InishowenThe Coffee Cup at Fort Dunree offers visitors a range of food prepared on site so sit back and enjoy “The most scenic Coffee Shop in Ireland”!Opening Hours: June – September, Monday – Sunday 10.30 am – 6.00 pmOctober – May, Monday – Friday 10.30 am – 4.30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12.00 pm – 5.00 pmFor more info visit or much to see and do at amazing Fort Dunree this summer was last modified: July 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FORT DUNREEThings to dotourismlast_img read more

9 months agoBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: A massive victory

first_imgBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: A massive victoryby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick felt victory over Fulham was “massive”.Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.“I don’t know,” said Hendrick on his prospects of being able to reverse the decision and double his goal tally after scoring against Fulham at Craven Cottage in August.“I haven’t seen it back. I tried to look at it on the screen when I was trotting back but once we got the goal today was about the three points.“It was a great goal they scored right at the start and it’s hard, especially in this league. When a team goes ahead, they seem to win or get something out of the game.“But we knew we had plenty of time and we needed to get back on the front foot and get the ball going forward and we got a few chances and luckily their defenders put it in for us.“It gave us something to go into half-time with and to cling onto.“The group of lads out there, whoever’s playing, can dig in and work for each other and that’s what we did.“It is massive. Every game is massive and to keep the momentum going the way we have been playing the last few games and the results we’ve pick up. It’s good to that keep going and hopefully we can continue that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoMilner singles out Alisson as Liverpool’s top performer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Milner singles out Alisson as Liverpool’s top performerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder James Milner says Alisson’s ability to shake off errors has lead to an incredible debut season for the club.Alisson, signed from Roma in the summer, has largely thrived in his first few months at Anfield, helping the Reds to top spot on the Premier League table.The Brazilian has made the occasional mistake, but Milner believes his ability to move on quickly has helped him maintain an impressive consistency.”It’s hard to pick out one player because everyone in the squad has done so well, not just the 11 who are starting,” said Milner.”We have made a lot of changes during games and a number of players have come in and done really well.”I think maybe one you could select is Alisson. Coming to a new league is never easy. It’s a new lifestyle and you are also getting used to the weather and things like that, but he’s been unbelievable: from how he is around the place, to how good he is on the pitch with his feet and with the saves he makes.”Every single player makes mistakes and sometimes as a ‘keeper you maybe feel a bit different because mistakes often result in a goal, but if he makes a mistake it doesn’t faze him in the slightest and he remains confident and continues playing as if nothing has happened. That’s so important.”He’s been unbelievable for us this season so far and I believe that he’ll be a massive, massive player for us going forward.” last_img read more

Chic trophy honors Big Ten history

With the Big Ten becoming bigger and better, one might expect the victors of the Big Ten Championship to receive a trophy that reflects the opulent pride — bordering on arrogance — that comes with besting 11 other teams. It seems that despite the recent addition of Nebraska to the burgeoning Big Ten, though, those in charge of the trophy design have opted for a delightfully-understated, yet cutting edge aesthetic that channels a classy and simplistic piece of art in lieu of the oversized embodiments of hubris seen in other conferences. Perhaps it’s the downtrodden economy cutting frivolous spending money from the Big Ten budget, but the conference has crafted a product that, without the football topper, could easily be found in upscale Hollywood homes as an accent piece or in highbrow museums where it would be lauded as a bold statement in modern beauty. No matter the reason, it is nice to see a trophy that is not impressive just because someone managed to fix an LCD TV to it, but impressive because it is a sophisticated symbol of decades of rich history and hundreds of hours of hard work for deserving athletes. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State to continue success in Rebel Invitational

Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston looks on afterhis team surrendered a point during their match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St.John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich |Former Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is heading into its second series of the season Friday and Saturday after kicking off the season undefeated through three games. The squad will head to Oxford, Mississippi, to play Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss on Friday and Samford in the Rebel Invitational on Saturday. “It’s a really good tournament,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “You’re going to get three really different looks, three styles and three coaches who know what they’re doing. We won’t be in Saint John’s, so embracing that trip is something we’ve talked a lot about. We’re excited.”After the opening weekend, Southern Miss holds a 3-0 record, with Ole Miss and Samford at 2-1.Ohio State sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte, was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. Witte hit .636 during opening season and scored 48 points, 37 kills and 12 blocks with only one error, a number that Carlston deemed “unheard of.”“Every team was worried about her,” Carlston said. “They were focused on stopping her and she still was able to be effective. When everyone knows that it’s coming and you can still play with the maturity that she played with; I think that’s the most impressive thing. Witte said she hopes to focus on better exemplifying all of these traits throughout the season. “Being a sophomore, I’ve been here for a year and know how the team and the Big Ten works,” Witte said. “At this point, I think it’s most important for me to have a constant core presence, leadership and skill-wise, that other teams are going to notice and worry about.”The team values their “culture playbook,” a set of rules and beliefs that they are all fully behind, with Witte crediting it for her mindset this season.“‘Trust the process’ is one of my favorites,” Witte said. “It’s easy to see the end goal. Obviously we want to win a national championship, but we have to realize that each practice is progressive and if we are getting better each day small bit by small bit, in the end it will pay off.”Having just come out of the Buckeyes’ first series, there is time and room for improvement. Carlston said he aims to focus on playing around with the rotations more, and building more aggressive serving.Witte and Carlston both look forward to the ongoing transition of the four freshmen on the team, a process that they both noted has been smooth and enjoyable so far. The team will face Southern Miss on Friday at 1 p.m., Ole Miss on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Samford on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. read more